St Andrews enjoy success in national competitions

Wedmore Bowls Club.

Wedmore Bowls Club. - Credit: Archant

St Andrews enjoyed success in national competitions, remaining unbeaten in several matches.

ST ANDREWS continued their fine form in national competitions with the ladies beating the Isle of Wedmore 98-53 in the first round of the Yetton Trophy.

Then, in the Egham Trophy, a mixed competition against Watchet, they again won their first round game by 80-58.

Next up was the Over-60s National Double Rink versus Illminster, with the Saints again victorious by 45-34.

The men’s Denny Cup competition was also won in emphatic style against Purnells by 96-50, making it a superb week for the Saints.

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This was followed up with friendly wins by the ladies over the Isle of Wedmore and by the men, in a three-rink match against Winscombe.

Special mention for Andrew Owens on winning through to the area final of the Champion of Champions competition, where he will face England’s Louis Ridout at home.

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Also, to Andrew and Barrie Forse for securing their places in the Liberty Trophy game against Dorset.

AROUND 40 members of Clarence Indoor Bowling Club competed in an enjoyable ladies v men first Grudge Match of the season.

Indoor section committee member Veronica Jones got the ladies off to a great start, as her triple won 10-4, including a six on one end. But, by the lunch break, the men had edged 2-1 ahead.

After a splendid lunch, provided by Rob Stacey and the ladies, the men extended their lead to an unassailable 4-1, but they lost the last two games. The overall shot-difference was just five to the men.

Because more men than ladies had put their names down to play, several males changed sex for the day.

Scores (ladies first): Lesley Phipps, Rob Stacey, Veronica Jones 12, John Kellaway, Alan Kermack, Tony Mannion 4; Elaine Stott, Jo Mannion, Audrey Powell 3, Brian Difford, Bob Cornwall, David Stott 11; Miriam Moore, Norma Peters, Pat Taylor 6, Nigel Martin, Mike Skyrme, Roger Burrough 8; Janet Anning, Marlene Woods, Pauline Burrough 3, Derek Weston, John Atkins, Harry Sparks 10; Jill Coles, Carol Marshall, Jim Keay 6, Bob Coles, Tony Hooper, Dick Jackman 9; Ivan Phipps, Jan Bishop, Veronica Jones 7, Terry Cockcroft, Tony Comfort, Alan Bishop 4; Irene Hicks, Jim Keay, Audrey Powell 8, Mike Peters, Ken Marshall, Adrian Taylor 4.

WEDMORE Bowls Club’s annual dinner was the occasion for presenting awards to winners and runners-up of the outdoor season competitions.

The men played Minehead at home over 21 ends in the Denny Cup. Each side won a rink, but the overall score favoured Wedmore by five shots. Steve Eastment led his men to victory 20-14, never having been behind.

The other rink was closely fought with the score neck and neck from the 15th end and level after 20 ends. Minehead took the last end by one shot, so Eddie Payne’s side lost by that margin.

Wedmore 42, Minehead 37: T Brown, M Green, K Pettit, S Eastment 20-14; D Collins, J Runciman, K Phillimore, E Payne 22-23.

In a mixed friendly at home to Chew Stoke both sides won a rink, but again Wedmore won overall, this time by 12 shots. Alan Birch led Lynda Dearden, Tony Collingwood and Beryl Carson to a 31-10 victory, while Wedmore lost the other rink 15-24.

DURING the winter months, two mixed matches have been arranged as a ‘friendly’ league, between each of the four clubs in Weston.

Having lost their opening match with St Andrews, Woodspring had a much better day, winning three of the four rinksagainst Victoria.

Woodspring 66 (14), Victoria 50 (2) (home): N Urch, D Cooper, M Reeves, M Brummell 17-16; I Bryant, G Fews, G Russell, D Fairhurst 20-8. Away: N Coombes, B Cullen, M Williams, DA Williams (c) 18-11; R Nock, P Gaulton, C Hedges, S Hedges 11-15.

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